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How long for a tummy tuck recovery? Premier Plastic Surgeon in Los Angeles county - Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian

A tummy tuck procedure is designed to remove excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen, revised the shape and size of the bellybutton and tightens the abdominal muscles.  There are many variations of a tummy tuck surgery that are performed by Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian, a Los Angeles plastic surgeon specializing in body contouring, breast enhancement and facial cosmetic surgery.  The most definitive type of tummy tuck surgery requires muscle tightening, removal of excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen, and creation of a new and more contoured bellybutton.  The downtime and recovery after a tummy tuck surgery depends on the extent of the surgery, but involves two basic periods of time. 


The initial recovery in which the incision begins to heal and the surgical drains remove takes about seven to ten day, followed by a course of approximately one month in which the swelling begins to subside and reduce.  During these periods, the patient will begin to gradually return to normal daily activities including work.  Dr. Karamanoukian recommends that the patient refrain from strenuous activity for approximately one to two weeks after the surgery, including vigorous exercise or weight lifting.  The patients are encouraged to wear a rib belt or abdominal binder in the early phase in order to reduce the swelling and bruising. 


Dr. Karamanoukian has several strategies to minimize pain and swelling after the procedure and can go over these options with you during your consultation.  If you are concerned about tummy tuck recovery or tummy tuck surgery in general, a comprehensive consultation with Dr. Karamanoukian will help you define your options.  Dr. Karamanoukian also specializes in body contouring surgery including nonsurgical liposonix treatment, extensive liposuction, liposuction revision, and body contouring with tummy tuck surgery. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Karamanoukian please contact our state of the art Los Angeles office at (310) 998 - 5533.

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